How long does it take you to isolate? (Thinking after master-class)

posted on 11th of july, 2010

Hi, Friends.
I usually spend crazy amount of time on isolation (about 40 minutes). Yesterday I saw on youtube a master-class where the photographer said he spends on it 3 minutes only. I put down his method and tried. Same 40 minutes, but the result much worse than before. Some objects with difficult shape were absolutely impossible to isolate this way. The ugly edges remained, plus dirty background. For this reason I ask - is it me alone having this problem? How long does it take you to isolate an object? And how do you fight against ugly edges?

Also this photographer said that to save efforts he gives this job away and that people working for him agree to do this job for 70 cent per picture. I wonder is it really possible? Can this process be really so simple that it costs 70 cent to make? Am I...

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Posted by Cbetravel on May 14, 2011
WORKS GREAT FOR HAIR: (For images on a white background using Photoshop CS5)...

This entire process takes 20 to 30 seconds once you get good at it.
Start by creating a copy of the locked layer, then delete the locked layer.

1. Change color mode to "Lab Color"
2. Select Channels tab
3. Select the channel with the highest contrast vs. the white background
4. Create a copy of that channel
5. Burn tool (select Shadows and/or Midtones as needed, can change exposure to less than 100% as needed) use burn tool all over the image until the entire area you want to keep is pure black, make sure to dodge the white areas if they start turning gray (select highlights when dodging). You may want to use pen tool with black color over teeth and eyes, or just burn highlights if they aren't close to the white background that you are trying to eliminate.
6. When you are satisfied create a selection of the channel (cmd+click for mac, ctrl+click for PC)...
7. Select the main Lab Color channel...(More)
Posted by Szebas on August 03, 2010
I just tried out Topaz Remask 2, and I can confirm that thing is cool, you can isolate a portrait by masking it out from the background in under 1 minute on the second take without looking at the instructions.
Posted by Res2500 on July 23, 2010
I upgraded to PS CS5 about a month ago. Adobe promises enormous improvements in various areas. I must say ... they're right. One of the improvements is making complex selections. That's really become easy and fast now.

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Summer fruit collection

posted on 21st of july, 2010

Welcome to see my new collection of beautiful summer fruit images

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Posted by Anadg77 on February 23, 2011
Lovely collection! maybe one of my image suit this collection such as ID # 18265694 ... hope u like it ^_^ thanks!
Posted by Ncn18 on July 24, 2010
@ Julia161

..thanks for information...will try it if I can get one...outside of Thailand;-)))
Posted by Joe1971 on July 21, 2010
Beautiful photos!

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Summer fishing collection

posted on 22nd of july, 2010

Another entertainment in hot weather. Here is my collection

If you have fishing images in your portfolio, feel free to offer ;)

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Posted by Linqong on August 04, 2010
Nice shots!
Very beautiful images.
Posted by Shootalot on July 24, 2010
Thanks for adding my photos!

Richard P. Gunion
Posted by Shopartgallerycom on July 23, 2010
Fantastic collection Yulia!

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